Tuesday, November 18, 2014


(adj.) in a headlong dash

Slow down, life.  Yes, days have been flying by me and now it is over halfway through November.  It is so hard to keep going when I barely have time to breathe.  But more on that later, first the outfit.

White Blouse ~ Bealls Outlet
Black Jeans ~ Walmart
Tan Booties ~ Thrifted
Cameo Locket Necklace ~ created by me
Earrings ~ Meijer

I'm in love this this new necklace that was originally two different necklaces.  The cord the cameo was hanging from snapped, so I decided to make a new necklace by adding the now-lonely locket to a necklace my parents gave me several years ago.  Don't the two charms look so pretty together???

Soooo... I haven't talked about hair in a while.  Mostly because mine has caused quite a bit of trouble since moving to this desert-dry climate.  I think I'm finally finding a system that works, but I might also be getting a little antsy with my long hair (and the fact I've pretty much had the same hairstyle since I was fifteen).  Recently I've really been liking a few slightly shorter hairstyles.  So... is my hair just too fantastic to cut (sarcasm)?  Or should I be adventurous and try something new?  Despite his love for my long hair, I DO have the hubby's permission.  And out of respect for his preferences, I would definitely not be going above my shoulders.  Any thoughts???  Even in my anxiety over this, the thought "it will grow back" keeps popping into my brain...  :-P

So overall, I really loved this outfit.  Just basic black and white with vintage-like accessories.  Simple, comfortable, and feminine.  AND I got the chance to wear my tan booties for the first time!  My jeans weren't quite the right length, so I just rolled them up slightly rather than letting them just rest over the tops of the boots.

You'll probably be seeing me in a lot more pants and sweaters in any future outfit posts.  I think I brought the cold Indiana weather to the desert!  And the wind here is CRAZY!!!

Speaking of crazy...  Oh goodness.  Please be praying for Andrew and me.  All the cute-couple-ness in the world hasn't stopped us from going through rough patch after rough patch.  Things were finally starting to calm down with Andrew's work and we had finally started saving money to get me some medical help... then we found out we are being kicked out of our new apartment when our lease comes due (ten days before Christmas).  So now, having just finished unpacking and with hardly any money, we are house hunting again.  This puts off me seeing a doctor any time soon.  It also hasn't been easy finding places... we live in a smaller community AND in a tourist area... so places are few and prices are steep.  Both me and the wonderfully-patient-and-hopeful hubby are feeling the strain.  We also found out that some things will be changing at Andrew's work after the New Year... so we're hoping it won't effect him.   
 Amidst all of this Andrew was able to preach at our church this last Sunday (so proud of him and how he's allowing the Lord to work in his heart through this tough time) and I have joined our church's worship team as a vocalist.  We are getting chances to minister, but feel so very attacked in pretty much every direction.  And no, I'm still not pregnant (that is a hurt that never, ever leaves).  Please, please, please be praying.

Thank you in advance!!!  This blog is such a blessing to my heart.


Monday, November 10, 2014


there are the sleepy morning faces (well, unless you're the morning person).

there are the excited we're-going-on-an-adventure faces.

there are the frozen-nosed, pass-the-coffee faces.

there are the happy faces...

contented faces...

the we're-together-so-everything-is-alright faces.

the faces that don't stop smiling.

the faces that say "all the time we were apart feels like nothing now... because no matter what changes, we won't".

the faces that stay light as every moment of life is soaked in.

the faces that crinkle and stretch with cheek-aching laughter.

the faces that share the same look and many of the same expressions (that's what growing up together will do).

the faces that keep smiling because it was oh-so-good!  faces that will see each other again and just have to be brave until that time comes.

these are some of my favorite faces.  the faces that bring my heart so much joy.  the faces it breaks my heart not to see for months at the time.  the faces I can look into with full trust and so much love.

missing these faces today (and the others I still haven't been able to see), but thankful for the time together and thankful for next-year plans.

Family-mine, I love you.  I miss you.  Keep being your epic selves until we can be epic together!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

beautiful adventure (with a surplus of s'mores and coffee)

I had never been camping.  Not really.  I had slept in a tent before, but only eating food you cooked over the fire or having no access to indoor plumbing?  Never before!
A week ago I was able to have the amazing experience that is camping in the mountains!  I went with Andrew, Andrew's parents, and my sisters (who were also able to add this to their list of "firsts").  Now that Jessie and Nat are back in Indiana, it is wonderful to have these pictures to share!  There are still a few more to come, which will be posted later this week!

First morning after sleeping in the tent (in very cold mountain weather!!!)...

If I wasn't already in love with campfires, I would be after this time.  Not only do they look amazing, but they keep the coffee hot.  :-D

Old-fashioned breakfast!

We did some mild hiking and enjoyed some gorgeous spots!

Exploring a kiln out in the middle of nowhere.

Andrew, Dad, Natalie, and I did a little more exploring and found a beautiful access point to the creek.

Our second morning we got a lot of the work done early with refolding the tents... Jessie found her own way of accomplishing this...

Near our campsite was a beautiful gazebo... perfect for pictures.

Miss these crazy-amazing ladies so much already!!

Natalie was kind enough to snap some pictures of Andrew and me as well!!! 
 *in love with our love*

Truly, I had such an incredible three days in this spectacular place!  Not only was it wonderful to experience something new with my sisters, but also to spend time with my family AND Andrew's family at the same time!
How many of you have been camping??  Do you enjoy it???